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Narconon Warns About Dangers of Vicodin/Hydrocodone Abuse

Many patients taking Vicodin / Hydrocodone live with the impression that if they stop taking their drugs, the pain will return. Fear clouds their judgment. It will lead them down a dangerous and even more painful path.

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Hydrocodone is an orally active analgesic and antitussive Schedule II narcotic that is marketed in multi-ingredient Schedule III products. Hydrocodone has an analgesic potency similar to or greater than that of oral morphine. Sales and production of this drug have increased significantly in recent years (a four-fold increase between 1990 and 2000), as have diversion and illicit use. Trade names include Anexsia®, Hycodan®, Hycomine®, Lorcet®, Lortab®, Tussionex®, Tylox®, Vicodin®, and Vicoprofen®. These are available as tablets, capsules, and/or syrups. Generally; this drug is abused by oral rather than intravenous administration. Currently, about 20 tons of hydrocodone products are used annually in the United States.

Narconon has researched that Hydrocodone abuse has been escalating over the last decade. There has been large scale diversion of hydrocodone. For example, an estimated 7 million dosage units were diverted in 1994 and over 11 million in 1997. In 1998 there were over 56 million new prescriptions written for hydrocodone products and by 2000 there were over 89 million. From 1990 the average consumption nationwide has increased by 300%. In the same period there has been a 500% increase in the number of Emergency Department visits attributed to hydrocodone abuse with 19,221 visits estimated in 2000. In 1997, there were over 1.3 million hydrocodone tablets seized and analyzed by the DEA laboratory system. A recent petition submitted to the DEA has requested a review of the control status of all hydrocodone-containing products.

What is Vicodin / Hydrocodone?

Vicodin / Hydrocodone is one of the most commonly abused prescription pain medications today. It is an opioid-based painkiller. Overuse can lead to an addiction and the side effects can destroy a drug user’s life.

The dangers of Vicodin / Hydrocodone?

The extended use of Vicodin / Hydrocodone can cause severe health damage. Its misuse can have dangerous consequences. A Vicodin / Hydrocodone addiction is considered a serious medical condition. It gives the abuser the illusion they are trapped. They need help and a professionally managed Vicodin / Hydrocodone addiction treatment plan to help them get better.

Where can I find treatment?

Feel free to contact us if you are considering Vicodin / Hydrocodone addiction treatment for yourself or someone close. We can provide you with valuable information. We can also help you select a healthy, comfortable and relaxed environment, such as Narconon Vista Bay. This campus provides a safe, 24-hour care system for a drug-free withdrawal.

How can I be treated?

Their detoxification program also guarantees outstanding results. In no time, the treatment will successfully remove built-up Vicodin / Hydrocodone residuals from the body. This will prevent possible re-lapses. The results are spectacular and drug cravings will be completely eliminated. Mental alertness will return and you will be able to think clearly again.

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Help avoid long-term physical, mental and emotional consequences of drug use. Talk to a friend or loved one who is showing signs of drug abuse. If that doesn’t work, organize an intervention, or call our hotline. Expressing your concerns to one of our highly qualified rehabilitation counselors can really shed some light on the problem.

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Licit Uses

Hydrocodone is an effective antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control. Five mg of hydrocodone is equivalent to 30 mg of codeine when administered orally. Early comparisons concluded that hydrocodone and morphine were equipotent for pain control in humans. However, it is now considered that a dose of 15 mg (1/4 gr) of hydrocodone is equivalent to 10 mg (1/6 gr) of morphine. Hydrocodone is considered to be morphine-like in all respects.

Chemistry/Pharmacology

Hydrocodone [4,5a-epoxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one tartrate (1:1) hydrate (2:5), dihydrocodeinone] is a semisynthetic opioid structurally related to codeine and is approximately equipotent to morphine in producing opiate-like effects. The first report that hydrocodone produced a "striking euphoria" and habituation symptoms was published in 1923; the first report of hydrocodone dependency in the U.S. was published in 1961. It was removed from exempt status in the U.S. by the Narcotics Manufacturing Act of 1960.

There are over 200 products containing hydrocodone in the U.S. In its most usual product forms hydrocodone is combined with acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lortab), but it is also combined with aspirin (Lortab ASA), ibuprofen (Vicoprofen), and antihistamines (Hycomine). Both tablet and liquid forms of hydrocodone are available (e.g., Tussionex)

Hydrocodone will react as a normal opiate in the available field test kits.

Illicit Uses

Hydrocodone is abused for its opiate-like effects. It is equipotent to morphine in relieving abstinence symptoms from chronic morphine administration. The Schedule III status of hydrocodone-containing products has made them available to widespread diversion by "bogus call-in prescriptions" and thefts. Three dosage forms are typically found (5, 7.5, and 10 mg) and their behavioral effects can last up to 5 hours. The drug is most often administered orally. The growing awareness and concern about AIDS and blood-borne pathogens easily transmitted by syringe needle use, has made the oral bioavailability of hydrocodone attractive to the typical opiate abuser.

As with most opiates, the adverse effects of hydrocodone abuse are dependence and tolerance development. Its co-formulation with acetaminophen has also increased the likelihood of acetaminophen-induced hepatic necrosis with high dose acute dosing, but slow escalation of dose over time seems to protect the liver during high dose chronic exposures seen with this drug.

User Population

As witnessed by Narconon, every age group has been affected by the relative ease of hydrocodone availability and the perceived safety of these products by professionals. Sometimes seen as a "white-collar" addiction, hydrocodone abuse has increased among all ethnic and economic groups. DAWN data demographics suggest that the most likely hydrocodone abuser is a 20-40 yr old, white, female, who uses the drug because she is dependent or trying to commit suicide. However, hydrocodone-related deaths have been reported from every age grouping.

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